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Highland Hospital Acute Tower Replacement

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Inspired by both the historical significance of its campus and the sustainability goals for Alameda County, SmithGroupJJR in association with RATCLIFF and Shah Kawasaki Architects, teamed with Clark Design/Build of California to redevelop Highland Hospital to better serve the community far into the future.

As the county’s main trauma center, the campus required a major reworking. The plan calls for demolishing six buildings and constructing two large replacements: a new, 315,000-square-foot inpatient tower and an 80,000-square-foot medical office building. A new and inviting front entrance adds unmistakable identity, while an interior courtyard infuses the interiors with light and air.

The central courtyard and the minimal building facades that reflect the scale and rhythm of existing historic buildings restores the master plan vision developed in the 1920s. The interior design, on the other hand, takes inspiration from the contemporary diversity and cultural richness of Alameda County and the tranquility of the East Bay area’s natural landscape to enhance the overall patient experience. Sustainable and of its place, Highland Hospital is a new landmark in the foothills of Oakland.

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